High Quality Care for Neurological Conditions
Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders
Alzheimer’s Disease is a brain illness marked by declining mental ability. Although symptoms may vary, the first problem many people notice is forgetfulness and difficulty doing everyday activities. Read more about the signs and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. Learn about the development of dementia and how the St. Luke's Memory Disorders Center can help.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS attacks nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain. These nerve cells reach from the brain to the spinal cord then to the body’s muscles. When these cells die as a result of ALS, the brain loses the ability to control muscle movement. Read more about the symptoms and effects of ALS.
An aneurysm is a weak spot on the wall of a blood vessel, most often an artery. If an aneurysm bursts, immediate medical attention is needed. Surgery may stop the bleeding and prevent the aneurysm from happening again. Read more about aneurysms.
The St. Luke’s Center for Neuroscience specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. A brain tumor is the result of irregular cell growth in the brain. Read more about brain tumors and treatment.
Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
After a brain or spinal cord injury, certain parts of the brain may stop working or links between the brain and spinal cord may be affected. Some mental or physical skills may be lost, either on a short- or long-term basis.
Cerebral palsy (CP) causes a child to have problems with certain motor skills. This means that he or she may have trouble with coordination, movement, or muscle control. These problems are due to damage or abnormal development of certain brain areas.
Pain is called “chronic” when it lasts over a long period of time. This includes pain that you feel regularly, even if it comes and goes.
Epilepsy is a brain disorder involving seizures, which are brief disturbances of brain function that change attention and/or behavior. Seizures can last a few seconds to a few minutes, and can have a variety of symptoms. Learn more about the causes and treatment of epilepsy.
Headaches are episodes of pain that happen above the eyes or ears, behind the head, or in the upper neck area. There are three primary types of headache. Read more about headache types and treatment options and how the St. Luke's Headache Center can help.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the fluid and lining around the brain and spinal cord. When meningitis is caused by a virus, it is often less serious and people recover more easily. When it is caused by a bacterial infection, it is more serious and can lead to lasting problems.
Our specialists are skilled in testing for movement disorders and developing treatment plans.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain and spinal cord. MS prevents the nerves from carrying electrical impulses from the brain, and can affect daily function, including memory, mood, and motor skills. Learn more about multiple sclerosis and how the St. Luke's Multiple Sclerosis Center can help.
Parkinson’s Disease is a brain disorder that occurs when certain nerve cells in the part of the brain that controls muscles and movement are damaged or die. Medications can be used to ease or control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Read more about the symptoms and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
Peripheral Nerve Disease
Peripheral nerve diseases are caused by damage to nerves throughout the body’s nervous system. Damage to motor nerves can cause loss of muscle control, muscle weakness, reduced movement and reduce sensory function. Learn more about peripheral nerve disease.
The Sleep Disorders Centers at St. Luke’s help evaluate, test and treat problems with sleeping. We offer four locations for sleep studies. Read more about sleep disorders, diagnosis and treatment.
St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem and Allentown supports a 24-hour, multidisciplinary emergency response team for the management of acute stroke patients, as well as a team of health care providers dedicated to the ongoing care of stroke victims. Read more about our stroke services at the St. Luke's Stroke Center.
Tremors can be related to a variety of neurologic conditions. St. Luke’s can determine the cause of tremors and provide treatment.